καταλαβαίνω

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Etymology[edit]

Inherited from the mediaeval Byzantine Greek καταλαβαίνω (katalabaínō), from Ancient Greek καταλαμβάνω (katalambánō) with metaplasm according to λαμβάνω (lambánō) > λαβαίνω (lavaíno).[1] Morphologically, κατα- (kata-) +‎ λαβαίνω (lavaíno, receive). Doublet of καταλαμβάνω (katalamváno).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.ta.laˈve.no/
  • Hyphenation: κα‧τα‧λα‧βαί‧νω

Verb[edit]

καταλαβαίνω (katalavaíno) (past κατάλαβα) passive: only plural present stem

  1. understand, realise

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although λαμβάνω (lamváno) and λαβαίνω (lavaíno) are alternative forms having the same meaning, this is not true of καταλαβαίνω (katalavaíno, to understand, to realise, to notice) and καταλαμβάνω (katalamváno, to seize, to acquire sovereignty).
  • Passive voice: only plural present stem, with sense: "we understand each other"

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References[edit]

  1. ^ καταλαβαίνω in Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.